Copyright © Nancy Aufiero. All rights reserved.


People tell me that I have an artist's eye for everything that I do.   My belief, is that everyone has the ability to see the world from different perspectives - it is whether we choose to be open to translating what is seen.

If we are willing to experiment - and stay open to trying something new -  who knows what can result!

 fine art  


THE LOCALS -a collection of work by NJ Artists

Bungalounge @ Bungalow Hotel

25 Laird Street

 Long Branch NJ

                   ​ MAY 10TH THROUGH JUNE 25th                  



 My visual surroundings were always important to me.  When I was a kid, I would put on puppet shows with handmade characters on my backporch for the neighborhood kids.  (That's me in the blue shirt)  I was constantly re-arranging my bedroom furniture.  My parents always got hand-made cards for their birthdays.   When I went to college I majored in Advertising/PR, but I studied photography during a semester abroad in England and still now love capturing great images.  

I am pretty much a self taught artist.

My best, most fulfilling art experiences, happened with experimentation.  I started playing around with faux finishing when I opened a home accessories shop in Montclair NJ.  I faux finished on EVERYTHING!  Walls, furniture, mantles - yep I was one of them.  And I loved working large - it felt so expressive.   Soon, something else captured my interest -  I started experimenting with broken dish mosaic.  My shop was filled with  custom mosaic pieces.  You could come in an order something to be made in whatever medium you wanted - tiles, dishes, colored stones, shells - whatever.

I bought my first house, and that house needed landscaping.  So in my usual 'can do' fashion,  I went off and got a certificate in horticulture from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.  I absolutely LOVED garden design and it turned out that other people needed someone to plant them a garden that they could enjoy too.  So, that's what I did.  I designed and installed gardens all over Northern NJ.   Big and small.  I felt such gratification with the finished results, especially after a few years of growth.  And of course, there were some mosaics slipped into the gardens.   Once again I was inspired by the world around to experiment with color, texture and shapes.

Much of my work is inspired by my love affair with where I live.  

I am also a yoga teacher now and for me, painting is meditation in motion.  

My current  inspiration for painting has been the NJ  shore boardwalk.  There is no place like it anywhere and I just love visiting all of them.   Wildwood, Seaside, Point Pleasant, Ocean City and Asbury Park have some great ones.   I have fond memories of being a kid at my aunt's hotel just blocks off the Seaside Heights boardwalk in the late 60's and being free to roam the boardwalk  completely unsupervised and playing the wheels, skeeball, water balloon races and taking in the smells of sausage sandwiches sizzling on the grill.  

So now I'm working on some paintings of places like that.  

So stay curious! You never know what can develop...



MAIN STREET GALLERY,   Manasquan NJ  April 2019 to present

ART ALLIANCE MONMOUTH COUNTYRed Bank NJ  32nd Annual Juried Exhibition - April 2019

MONMOUTH MUSEUM,  Lincroft NJ  (Juried)   Members Miniatures  - January - May 2019

GUILD OF CREATIVE ART Shrewsbury NJ   26TH  Annual Juried Show - October 2018

​​​ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS ARTS COUNCIL,  Atlantic Highlands NJ   Juried Member Show - August 2018

ART ALLIANCE MONMOUTH COUNTY,  Red Bank NJ​   31ST Annual Juried Exhibition - April 2018

CANTERBURY ART SHOW,  Rumson NJ   Exhibition & Sale - September 2017

TENTH MUSE GALLERY,   Maplewood NJ   Ongoing Exhibit & Sale    August 2017 - February 2018​

​BEAUREGARD GALLERY,  Rumson NJ    Holiday Show - December 2016

CANTERBURY ART SHOW,  Rumson NJ  (Juried) Exhibition and Sale - September 2015